Are AS Monaco FC A Cash Cow Or A Big Bust? Dave Trotter July 16, 2013 Leagues: Ligue Un, Monaco 4 Comments Pages 1 2 3 4 5 Tweet Pin It About The Author Dave Trotter4 Comments Jordan July 16, 2013 Really interesting article. Thanks for the thoughts. It will will be interesting to see what players are there in 2 or 3 years, regardless of what happens to the legal/tax issues. Reply Marc L July 16, 2013 Good article – I would mildly disagree with you as to the tax issue. Ample (albeit anecdotal) evidence exists for the proposition that it is absolutely of importance to US athletes. (Florida teams tend to disproportionately attract players and usually you hear the “lack of state tax” mentioned.) And the spread between no-tax Florida and another state with an income tax (even Cali or NY) isn’t nearly equivalent to what that 75% in metropolitan France v. Monaco.I am actually a big fan of the French League – family background, used to live there, etc. But past that, it’s really one of the only “majors” that has some actual fluidity in terms of who might win the thing in a given year. Maybe Germany, with Wolfsburg getting it a few years back and I think Stuttgart recently, but Bayern currently seems to be swallowing that thing whole.I’m not 100% sold on the potential of PFC as a sleeping giant either. They have a nothing ground stuck way down in the 13th on the Périphérique and would probably have to get out of there as a first step.Don’t get me wrong, the Parc des Princes isn’t exactly convenient for most people but it’s sort of in there with Roland Garros and the rugby ground for Stade Français.Anyway, thanks for a well-written and thoughtful article about Ligue 1. I think you are bang on correct that the league would get followed a lot more internationally if it would promote itself internationally a bit more in English-speaking venues.It really is a fun league to watch and has some pretty good football on offer. (Albeit tending to emphasize counterattacking play a little more than I myself would like.) You do have some incredible athletes coming in almost every year from West Africa and it is always cool to catch the likes of a Demba Ba (saw him in person at Rouen way back when) at the beginning of his career. Reply Dave Trotter July 17, 2013 Thanks for the feedback. Actually, I did start one of the largest English-speaking blogs regarding French football called Ligue 1 Talk about 4 years ago, but got tired of updating the blog on a daily basis. I do know a lot about the league.As far as fluidity, you are absolutely right. I took a break from French football because I was extremely upset at what went on at PSG (which I talk about a lot in Ligue 1 Talk). Little did I know that Montpellier would take the title. Yes, I always thought they were a team that played under their potential, but I didn’t see that coming. And even though PSG won the title this past season, I have regained the confidence that Ligue 1 will not be the La Liga type of system that I feared. I mean, we will really know this year, but I think Ligue 1 will do alright. Reply Taylor July 17, 2013 Nice article. Your other article regarding East German football is also top notch. I look forward to reading your next articles.It’ll be interesting to see how the owners of Monaco (and also PSG) plan to make money. Stature-wise, the clubs and the league are quite far behind Italian, Spanish, German and English clubs. So the only way to make money is from the Champions League and we know how tough the CL is. So, will the owners get tired if their plan cannot be realized within their timeframe? ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.